From Wednesday 22 September 2021 owners of some firearms, which were previously regarded as antique and which were exempted from control, will now require a licence to retain them, failing which they must be disposed of lawfully.

This change arises as the result of the 2021 Regulations in which the Home Office has removed seven cartridges previously accepted, as the result of their being used in criminal activity, thereby affecting all firearms chambered for use with these cartridges.

Sukhdip Randhawa of Kangs Solicitors sets out the relevant law and the cartridges affected.

If you are concerned or unsure about these imminent changes and their effect it is essential that you seek expert legal advice and guidance.

Kangs Solicitors is recognised as one of the leading criminal defence firms in the country, being top ranked in the legal directories, the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

Our team can be contacted for advice as follows:

The Excluded Cartridges | Kangs Firearm Crime Defence Solicitors

The seven cartridges which previously appeared in the Home Office Obsolete Cartridge List which have now been omitted are:

  • .320 British (also known as .320 Revolver CF, short or long)
  • .41 Colt (short or long)
  • .44 Smith & Wesson Russian
  • .442 Revolver (also known as .44 Webley)
  • 9.4mm Dutch Revolver
  • 10.6mm German Ordnance Revolver
  • 11mm French Ordnance Revolver M1873 (Army).

The Law | Kangs Antique Firearms Solicitors

Section 59 of the Firearms Act 1968 and the Antiques Firearms Regulations 2021 identify those firearms regarded as antiques and, therefore, exempt from licencing. 

To be regarded as an antique, a firearm must:

  • have been manufactured before 1 September 1939; and
  • either have a propulsion system of a type specified in the 2021 Regulations (for example, muzzle loaders, pin-fire or needle fire) or the chamber(s) of those that the firearm had when it was manufactured (or a replacement that is identical in all material aspects) and it is chambered for use with a cartridge specified in the 2021 Regulations; and
  • be sold, transferred, purchased, acquired or possessed as a curiosity or ornament.

Anybody who possesses any such firearm(s) can apply to the local Police Firearms Licencing Department for permission for retention on a Firearms Certificate.

How Can We Help? | Kangs National Criminal Defence Solicitors

If you are concerned by anything referred to in this article, please do not hesitate to contact our team who will be pleased to assist you at any time.

Our team provides a 24/7 service in relation to emergency callouts, Police Station attendance and representation at all Magistrates’ and Crown Courts throughout the country.

We welcome all enquiries by telephone or email. and can provide initial consultation at our offices in London, Birmingham or Manchester.

Please feel free to contact our team through any of the following:      

Sukhdip Randhawa
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396 

John Veale
020 7936 6396 |  0161 817 5020

Amandeep Murria
0121 449 9888 | 020 7936 6396